Power Walking

Walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture and more!

When comparing the results of a runners’ health study with a walkers’ health study, researchers found that the energy used for moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running resulted in similar reductions in risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.

A study published in a national journal of sports medicine found that those who adhered to a walking program showed remarkable improvements in blood pressure, slowing of resting heart rate, reduction of body weight, reduced cholesterol and overall physical endurance.

While the physical benefits are clear, the mental boost that can be gained from adding a walk to your daily routine may surprise you.

Stanford University found that walking increased creative output by an average of 60 percent. According to this study, walking opens up the free flow of ideas. Billionaire Bill Gates of Microsoft and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook go for long walks regularly, probably for the same purpose.

Psychologists working in hospitals found that a 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout when it comes to relieving the symptoms of anxiety.

Science also shows that engaging in activities that allow our minds to wander promotes a mental state conducive to innovative ideas and “ah-ha!” moments.

The act of walking is also a proven mood booster. Researchers found that just 15 minutes of walking resulted in an increase in joviality, vigour and alertness versus the same time spent sitting. In particular, walking in nature was found to reduce negative thoughts and feelings of depression.

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